BB creams which stands for beauty balms or blemish balms have been all the rage in Asia for years and more recently made their way West. Now you can pretty much find a BB cream from most major beauty brands. Both drugstore level and from more high end brands.
Before I dig deep into this review, let me just explain what a BB cream is. You know sometimes you just want to wear something really light, minimal effort that makes your skin look fresh and put together..… well that would be a job for a BB cream. It’s basically a tinted moisturizer (which is a really sheer, lightweight foundation, with minimum pigment) that’s been spiced up. They usually have additional properties like a primer, SPF protection and antioxidants to help heal skin. I rarely wear foundation. Ninety-nine percent of the time if you meet me, I’m just wearing some regular moisturizer, but sometimes I want to even out my skintone for a special event, especially if I am going to be photographed. My biggest issue with BB creams is that still, in 2013, many companies won’t bring out a decent range of colours. Usually they come in fair and light. Occasionally they will include a medium.
Back to Sleek. This brand is sold out of the UK in drugstores like Superdrug and online. So for Christmas, I got my brother to bring me a few items so I could finally get my hands on them without having to order through their website. Yay! Sleek MakeUP has gained a really great reputation for being an inexpensive brand that has high quality, pigmented products.
This BB cream touts many properties. It could be used a tinted moisturizer and it contains an SPF of 15. It could also be used as a primer under a foundation or a concealer. It also has multi-vitamins, anti- aging factors and protein peptides to aid in skin refreshment. Vitamins C and E also added to help brighten and firm the skin as well as help protects the skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation. Finally it contain jojoba oil which moisturizes the skin.
Bea Beautiful Blemish Balm comes in seven…seven shades!! I can’t think of too many brands that has such a shade range. Since BB creams have just a little bit of pigment every one can find a shade that is pretty close to their skintone. This is a huge plus for me! Here are the shades that they come in:
Fair, Light, Light 01, Light 02, Medium, Medium 01, Dark